Event: Reports of Infectious Disease and Quarantine of Private Citizens
While there are no official reports of positive COVID-19 cases in Turkmenistan, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of local citizens with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 undergoing COVID-19 testing and being placed in quarantine in infectious diseases hospitals for up to fourteen days.
The U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan is committed to protecting the health and safety of U.S. citizens and Mission employees. In an effort to mitigate the possible spread of disease, the Embassy has strengthened its social distancing measures, instituted a mask policy on premises, and is operating under maximum telework status until further notice. We recommend that U.S. citizens take appropriate measures to practice physical distancing and limit or minimize social interaction as necessary in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Private citizens who undergo testing for COVID-19 in Turkmenistan may be sent to involuntary quarantine at a government-selected facility at their own expense with no control over the amenities for an unspecified period of time. Medical protocols in Turkmenistan are not consistent with U.S. standards, and in the past some U.S. citizens were required to undergo medical testing unrelated to COVID-19 while in quarantine. The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens decline any medical procedures beyond routine, non-invasive medical examination or temperature checks.
If you are required to go into quarantine, local authorities may or may not notify the U.S. Embassy. If you are placed into quarantine, contact the U.S. Embassy via telephone number +993 12 940045.
Additional Actions to Take:
- At this time, there are no commercial flights into or out of Turkmenistan. If you are interested in information about future special charter flights departing Turkmenistan, register your interest via email at AshgabatUSCitizen@state.gov.
- U.S. citizens should keep cell phones charged, with the number of the U.S. Embassy easily accessible. U.S. citizens who plan to seek medical care and are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms should plan ahead in case of quarantine including carrying key phone numbers, preparing supplies of prescription medications or other health records, informing friends or family members of health appointments, etc.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 https://tm.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for information on conditions in Turkmenistan.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
9 1984 Street (formerly Pushkin Street)
Tel. +993 12 940045